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Hand washing is critical to general wellness – Toyin Saraki



Hand washing is critical to general wellness – Toyin Saraki

The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), on Tuesday, says hand washing is critical to hygiene and general wellness.

The Founder of the group, Mrs Toyin Saraki, wife of ex-President of the Senate, said this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Abuja.

Global Hand Washing Day, annually observed on Oct. 15, stressed the need to use soap and clean water to wash hands before and after any activities.

First celebrated in 2008 when over 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries, community and national leaders had since then, marked the day to raise awareness about hand washing.

The day, also endorsed by governments, schools, international institutions, civil society organisations, NGOs, private companies, as well as individuals, is also to raise awareness on the need to build sinks and tippy taps, and demonstrate the simplicity and value of clean hands.

push to leave no one behind in the Sustainable Development Agenda.

stressing the need for “wash” to be treated as priority in Africa.

On the 2019 Global Hand washing Day theme, she said “it focuses on the links between hand washing and food, including food hygiene and nutrition.

and washing is an important part of keeping food safe, preventing diseases and helping children to grow strong.

“Let us make hand washing a lifestyle. It is one of the simplest, yet most effective ways to reduce the spread of germs and save lives.

“The day reminds Africa that only 60 per cent of the world’s population has access to basic hand washing facilities.”

She added that people all over the world were working hard to bring water, sanitation and hygiene to the most vulnerable populations.

hand washing techniques.

“Health workers should be empowered to promote the five key moments of hand washing.

“Almost one in five primary schools and one in eight secondary schools are considered to have no sanitation.

“This has negative implications for adolescent girls who need facilities during their period,” she said.



Edited by Abiodun Esan/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu 


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